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A Listing of Australian Turtles,Tortoises and Sliders

ORDER: Testudines

Emydura victoriae

FRESHWATER TURTLES
Family:Cheluidae

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Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

*Sandstone Long-necked Turtle

Chelodina burrungandjii (=walloyarrina)

NT, WA

*Cann's Long-necked Turtle

Chelodina canni (was novaeguineae canni)

NT, Qld

Broad-Shelled River Turtle

Chelodina expansa

NSW, Qld, SA, Vic

*Kutchling's Long-necked Turtle (see Northern Long-Necked Turtle )

Chelodina kutchlingi (no longer valid = synonymised with Chelodina oblonga)

WA

Eastern Snake-necked Turtle or Common Long-necked Tortoise

*Chelodina longicollis

NSW, ACT, Qld, SA, Vic
(Tas - introduced)

*Oblong Turtle or Narrow-breasted Snake-necked Turtle

Chelodina colliei (previously known as oblonga)

WA

*Northern Long-Necked Turtle (status uncertain)

Chelodina rugosa rugosa (previously known as oblonga. Also note C. oblonga was previously used for C. colliei )

NT?, WA?
(Excluding Torres Strait Islands)
(Distribution to be confirmed)

*Snake-Necked Turtle
SUBSPECIES
(status uncertain)

Chelodina rugosa intergularis

NT,Qld?,WA? (Distribution to be confirmed)

*Siebenrock’s Snake-Necked Turtle (status uncertain)

Chelodina rugosa siebenrocki

Papua New Guinea and the Torres Strait Islands Qld?, (Distribution to be confirmed)

Flat-Shelled Turtle

*Chelodina steindachneri

WA

New Guinea Long-necked Turtle

Chelodina novaeguineae

NT, Qld

Southern Snapping Turtle or White-throated Snapping Turtle

Elseya albagula

Qld

Northern Snapping Turtle

Elseya dentata (=jukesi)

NT, Qld, WA

Yellow-headed Snapping Turtle

Elseya irwini (=stirlingi)

Qld

Gulf Snapping Turtle

Elseya lavarackorum

NT, Qld

Mary River Turtle

Elusor macrurus

Qld

*Cooper Creek Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura emmotti
(was Emydura macquarii emmotti )

SA, Qld (Lake Eyre Basin)

*Hunter River Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura gunabarra
(was Emydura macquarii gunabarra)

NSW (Hunter River)

*Macquarie Turtle or Common Short-necked Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura macquarii

NSW, ACT, SA, Vic

*Krefft's River Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura krefftii krefftii
(was Emydura macquarii krefftii)

( Central coastal Qld)

*Brisbane Short-necked Turtle or Brisbane River Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura krefftii signata
(was Emydura macquarii signata)

Qld (SE Qld ), NE NSW?

*Krefft's River Turtle
Unnamed Species
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura krefftii sp

( NE Qld)

*Fraser Island Short-neck Turtle
(Status Uncertain)

Emydura krefftii nigra
(was Emydura macquarii nigra)

Qld (Fraser Island)

Jardine River Turtle or Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle

Emydura subglobosa subglobosa

Qld, New Guinea

Worrell's Short-Necked Turtle

Emydura subglobosa worrelli

NT, Qld

Northern Yellow-faced Turtle

Emydura tanybaraga

NT, Qld

Northern Red-faced Turtle and North-West Red-Faced Turtle

Emydura victoriae (= Emydura australis)

NT, WA

*Manning River Helmeted Turtle or Purvis' Turtle

Flaviemys (was Myuchelys, Wollumbinia & Elseya) purvisi

(Manning River area) NSW

Western Swamp Turtle

Pseudemydura umbrina

WA

Fitzroy River Turtle

Rheodytes leukops

Qld

*Namoi River Snapping Turtle or Bell's Turtle

Wollumbinia (was Myuchelys) bellii

NSW

*Bellinger River Snapping Turtle or Georges' Turtle

Wollumbinia (was Myuchelys) georgesi

NSW (Bellinger River)

*Saw-Shelled Turtle

Wollumbinia (was Myuchelys)
latisternum (=dorsii)

NSW, NT, Qld



PIG NOSED TURTLES
Family:Carettochelydidae

Common Name

 

Scientific Name

Distribution
(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Pig Nosed or Pitted-Shelled Turtle

Carettochelys insculpta

NT, (New Guinea)

SEA TURTLES (Marine)
Family: Cheloniidae


Note that although Sea Turtles may stray into or spend time in cooler water, the females must return to warmer climates to lay their eggs.

Common Name

 

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

 

Distribution
(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Pacific Loggerhead Turtle

Caretta caretta gigas

(All States)

Pacific Green Turtle

Chelonia mydas japonica

(All States)

Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata bissa

(NSW, NT, Qld, Tas, Vic)

Pacific Ridley Turtle

Lepidochelys olivacea

(NT, Qld?, WA, Vic, SA?)

Flatback Turtle

Chelonia depressa

(NSW, NT, Qld, WA)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE (Marine)
Family: Dermochelyidae

Common Name

 

Scientific Name

 

Distribution
(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

Leathery or Luth Turtle

Dermochelys coriacea

(All States)

 

Sliders (INTRODUCED)
Family:Emydidae

Common Name

(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses)

(External Links)

Distribution

(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

* Red-eared Slider - INTRODUCED

Trachemys scripta elegans

ACT?, NSW, Qld (From USA, introduced into many countries)

* Western Pond Turtle - INTRODUCED

Actinemys (was Clemmys) marmorata

NSW (Sydney Area) (From USA)

 

Pond & River Turtles (INTRODUCED)
Family:Geoemydidae

Common Name
(Internal Links)

Scientific Name
(Subgenus in parentheses) (External Links)

Distribution
(Distribution key and map at bottom of page)

*Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle - INTRODUCED - protected by the CITES and IUCN

Mauremys sinensis

Toowomba area Qld (native to South East Asia) - (this species may not be breeding in the wild in Australia)

DISTRIBUTION KEY

Click on the abbreviation below to see a map of the area

CKI = Cocos (Keeling) Island

NSW = New South Wales

Qld = Queensland

Tas = Tasmania

Vic = Victoria

ACT = Australian Capital Territory
(Canberra region only - excludes Jervis Bay Territory)

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LINKS OF INTEREST

A Listing of Turtles of South Australia
reptilesofaustralia.com

A Listing of Tasmanian Turtles
reptilesofaustralia.com

A Listing of Turtles of ACT (Canberra)
reptilesofaustralia.com


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TURTLES, TORTOISES AND CROCODILES
FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Freshwater Turtles of Australia by John Cann

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